“Game of Thrones” went out as many expected it would, by breaking several of its own ratings records.

The “Thrones” series finale was the show’s highest-rated in history with a 5.8 rating in adults 18-49, beating the previous 5.7 ratings high that its season 7 finale held. With its initial broadcast as well, the series finale episode raked in 13.61 million viewers – its largest linear audience ever, surpassing the now second-best 12.48 million viewers that its penultimate episode scored the previous week.

With replays and streaming figures factored in, the “Thrones” finale grew to a 19.3 million viewer audience, which marks yet another new high for the hit series. It is also HBO’s most-watched broadcast ever, and gives the six-episode “Thrones” final season a total of five of the series’ most-watched episodes.

Also on HBO, the season 2 finale of “Barry” ticked back up from its penultimate episode’s 0.8 to a 0.9, tying its previous series high in the demo, while “Last Week Tonight” followed with a 0.6. However, it was TNT’s broadcast of the Bucks vs. Raptors NBA conference final game that took the night’s no. 2 spot, with a 2.1 rating and 6.16 million viewers.

Outside of the top 25, its simulcast on BBC America and AMC gave “Killing Eve” a combined 0.3 rating with 1.08 million viewers, back up from its previous episode’s 0.2 and 1.02 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, May 19, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
GAME OF THRONES HBO 9:03 PM 13,613 5.8
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT 7:01 PM 6,158 2.1
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:13 PM 3,016 1.1
BARRY HBO 10:25 PM 2,211 0.9
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:01 PM 1,627 0.6
LIGA MX L: SF – LEON / AMERICA UNIVISION 8:30 PM 1,226 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC 8:00 PM 1,648 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW? TLC 10:02 PM 1,445 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,109 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,340 0.4
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 6:30 PM 1,123 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:30 PM 1,439 0.3
THE JELLIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 654 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:23 PM 826 0.3
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – CHICAGO CUBS/WASHINGTON ESPN 7:00 PM 1,305 0.3
THE JELLIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 589 0.3
BAR RESCUE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 666 0.3
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UNIVISION 11:07 PM 560 0.3
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,005 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 639 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 598 0.2
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:00 PM 1,308 0.2
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 8:00 PM 1,449 0.2
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,222 0.2
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:30 PM 553 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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